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University Pathways

How top-up degrees work


All academic MAK Institute courses carry national recognition of OFQUAL, the UK regulatory body for Higher Education.


Graduating MAK Institute students can progress to a University programme, either to join at Undergraduate entry level, usually on completion of Foundation programme,  or onto a “top-up” Degree, depending on the level of their OFQUAL programme.


Top-up degrees are for those who already hold a nationally recognised Certificate or Diploma of an appropriate level and are looking to complete their qualification to a full Degree. For Level 3 programmes, students can apply for Undergraduate entry for a full three-year programme.After year 2 it is the final year.


Top-up courses require you to have a diploma qualification in a relevant subject; this means that the course of study should be closely tied to your previous qualification. However, it does not have to be the same subject. This flexibility allows our students to have a wide range of career or completion prospects upon graduation.


All of the academic courses offered by MAK Institute are Ofqual approved and universities will generally accept the credits awarded to students. Students should make it clear to the University that the qualification is Ofqual RQF validated at the stated level/credit value. MAK Institute can provide students with the requisite Ofqual documentation and transcript if required. Alternatively, students can visit the OFQUAL website to confirm the qualification. Each University will consider an application on its merits subject to their own specific entry requirements.

Progression options.

On completion of a MAK Institute course, students have the following options available to them.


1.  Top up with a MAK Institute pre-agreement. MAK Institute works closely with a range of top UK universities, offering multiple progression routes to students. We are able to negotiate lower tuition fees and provide application assistance for entry to a number of UK and international universities. our partners have direct articulation arrangements with several Universities which give full recognition for entry. MAK Institute has some prior approval University partners. To view specific University Top-up options via MAK Institute, click here to choose a course, then click on ‘University Top up’.


However, students have a range of options in addition to MAK Institute.


2.  Study FULL TIME on campus in the UK for top-up courses or direct entry to university. Most Universities will accept OFQUAL credits for advanced entry and therefore students can choose their own University to study full time for a shorter period. (Click here to Find a University). It should be understood by students that these are general guidelines and students should always check the requirements with their preferred University or their local University Agent if they intend to make an application.


3.  Study PART TIME on Campus. Many Universities operate part time/evening provision and students should check possibilities with their preferred Universities first.



4.  Study with UK Universities BASED OVERSEAS. Some UK Universities operate overseas Campuses and may accept local students on their programmes with advanced entry. For example UK Universities have campuses in Dubai, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong. Students should check locally for these arrangements.


5.  Study with NON-UK UNIVERSITIES Students may want to study at Institutions nearer their home country or qualifications outside of UK. For example, many Australian Universities will recognize equivalent UK qualifications on a case by case basis.USA and Canadian Universities will also, generally, accept UK qualification equivalence.


6.  Study for an AMBA MBA The Association of  MBAs  is a membership organization that provides accreditation and upholds the highest international standards of MBA programmes. Many UK Universities are Members and offer distance learning study. Although credits cannot be given, admission can be gained via the MAK Institute Level 6 or 7 plus the requisite additional entry requirements of your chosen University. Students should check the regulations of their chosen University first.


If you require more information regarding specific progression routes, these are available on each course page under ‘university progression’, alternatively you can contact the MAK Institute Support team on

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